Rookhampton Time Machine

Influenced by the work of a former Roehampton resident, H.G. Wells, this short animation was created in response to ideas of the past, present and future of the area. As part of our ongoing engagement we have been looking at the ideas that informed the building of the Alton Estate and the aspirations the residents have for the future. We worked with residents to collect stories about the area and then shared these stories with children at Heathmere School who illustrated and story-boarded this animation and built their own time machine. The materials collected were then animated by Mak Ying-Ping and narrated by local resident Ed Rowell.

This short animation is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening, Mak Ying-Ping / children from Heathmere Primary School and residents of Roehampton.

Topics: [animation] [children and young people] [community engagement] [film and video] [regeneration] [Roehampton]

Mapping Landmarks in Roehampton

e-flyer for map launch
e-flyer for map launch

During September Avant-Gardening were invited by Wandsworth Arts to talk to local residents and Roehampton's community to create a limited edition collage/fanzine style map of the area. The artists roamed the area, working with library users, staff of the Eastwood Nursery and Children's Centre, the 60+ group as well as people in and around the streets, dog walkers and shop keepers to gain insights into resident's perceptions of the area.The heart of the project was talking, sharing and brain storming ideas about what Roehampton offers, which landmarks hold special meaning and what the community would like to see happen in the future. So far the ideas have included edible wild gardens, programming events, water landscaping events, walking tours of the area, film screenings, gardening projects and projections onto buildings.These ideas were captured by Avant-Gardening for the creation of a limited edition map which is being launched on 
Tuesday 9 October 4pm - 5.30pm at Cafe Joy, Danebury Avenue. SW15
Join the artists and community to discuss the project and collect your own copy of the map. All welcome!

Topics: [community engagement] [regeneration] [urbanism] [Wandsworth]

The Greenwich Garden

The Greenwich Garden is a temporary space created for play, debate, gardening and social interaction that will spring into life between 25 July and 12 August 2012 when we will be offering a wide range of interactions and workshops ranging from kite making to seed ball production, gardening workshops to lantern making, fanzine production to natural dye workshops. We will also be hosting informal debates and salons in the garden and inviting local people to propose their manifesto for public spaces and a greener Greenwich. 
Located in an almost forgotten urban oasis and against a facade of Greenwich’s iconic buildings, designed and built by award-winning designer Hilary Blackburn, we invite you to join us and to become an integral part of the design and development of the space. As the residency progresses The Greenwich Garden will fill with colour as more community groups and local residents plant their miniature gardens which will be a repository of their hopes and aspirations for the future. The gardens created will, at the end of the residency, be donated to local community groups to enhance their green spaces and carry the wishes of the participants back into the community to create a legacy for the future
The Avant-Gardeners are currently planning a wide-ranging programme of activities and a full timetable will be available online shortly.

To keep up to date with all the latest news please keep an eye on the following websites

The Greenwich Garden is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening and Stream Arts and is made possible through funding from Awards For All and Arts Council, England. The work will be exhibited as part of City Noises, an EU funded exhibition that will be resident at  Area 12, Greenwich Peninsula between 25 July and 12 August 2012

Google Map link to site for The Greenwich Garden


Topics: [architecture] [community engagement] [environment] [Greenwich] [regeneration]

artwork by polly brannan
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